Established in 1987, Comité Noviembre is the only collaboration of its kind in the United States.  It brings together the strength and talents of key Puerto Rican organizations which make up its member agencies.  The mission of Comité Noviembre is to plan and promote events and forums that highlight the contributions Puerto Ricans have made to this country.

Since its inception, Comité Noviembre has placed special focus on volunteerism and educational excellence as the key to the future of the Puerto Rican Community.  To this end, in November of 1996, in celebration of the tenth anniversary of Puerto Rican Heritage Month, the Comité Noviembre Scholarship Awards Program was established.

This year, Comité Noviembre will award $1,000 scholarships to exceptional Puerto Rican youth who are making a difference in their community.

**Application package must be received by Friday, May 27, 2016.

For the past twenty-eight years, Comité Noviembre, CN, Puerto Rican Heritage Month, has created and developed programs all geared to the support and enhancement of educational opportunities and leadership development for Puerto Rican and Hispanic youth with a cultural twist. These programs are firmly rooted in the belief, that in order to succeed in life, you must pursue a higher education, give back to your community through volunteer efforts and know your cultural ancestral history.

CN has a success rate of over 170 scholars boasting a 90% college graduation rate since the inception of the CN Scholarship Program in 1996. By becoming a sponsor you will continue to ensure our mission of providing educational and leadership opportunities to exceptional youth who are making a difference in their community by volunteering and becoming involved in the social, civic and global issues of their time. The proceeds from the Comité Noviembre Annual Gala Benefit event support the scholarship program.

To be eligible for the CN scholarship award, applicants must be of Puerto Rican descent; have community service experience and extracurricular activity; be enrolled in an accredited college or university by the fall of each year and have a B average or better. The application process includes an application form, an essay, two-letters of recommendations, academic transcripts, a short biographical sketch and a personal interview for finalists.

CN 2015 scholars have been selected.

2016scholarshipopportunityComité Noviembre Deadline Friday, May 27, 2016.

For more information and to receive an application please contact:
Lisa M. Rodriguez
(347) 693-6893





n 2004, the Puerto Rican community lost an ally, advocate, community leader and urban warrior. Richie Pérez was a beloved activist and leader in the fight for social justice and human rights. He brought integrity, zeal and unity to many causes to which he was committed. These included the struggle for racial justice and against police brutality, Puerto Rican independence and universal human rights. As a former Young Lord and founding member of the National Congress for Puerto Rican Rights, Richie was our inspiration and conscience. Richie wrote and lectured extensively on the Puerto Rican urban experience and as a professor in the CUNY system taught classes in mass media, US social policy and the history of the labor and civil rights movements. Richie believed greatly in the power and potential of young people to create social change. He personally mentored many youth and believed that the torch of the movement for justice had to be passed on to the next generation.

In his memory, Comité Noviembre established the Richie Pérez Scholarship Award. The award recognizes a Puerto Rican young person for their commitment, activism and achievements in any of the areas of human rights and social justice that Richie held so dear. This annual award will both promote the advancement of new leaders in the movement for peace and justice, and also invest in their continued growth by providing support for their ongoing education and political development. The scholarship winner will receive a $1,000 scholarship.


Be of Puerto Rican descent
Document a minimum of one-year active participation and organizing work in a social justice or human rights issue.
Be enrolled in an accredited college or university by the fall of each year or at the time of the scholarship award
Be between the ages of 19 and 25.
Comité Noviembre will be awarding 2 scholarships this year from the application it receives by Monday, September 27, 2010.

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